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Union Station: Elan at Union Station Update #4

Today we are going to check back in over at the Elan project rising in the Union Station neighborhood. This is a very critical project due to the fact that it is providing the first full service grocer in the area which is a key component to any successful neighborhood.

First, we are going to start out with a refined rendering of the project thanks to the good folks at The Mulhern Group. This is the final design of Elan at Union Station and, like many other projects currently under-construction, we can expect to see lots of brick!

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Not much as changed as far as the ground level goes; it is still a concrete shell. Therefore, for this update, we are going to be looking at the project as a whole. The southern portion of the building has topped out at five-stories with the northern portion just beginning to rise. Because of the brisk pace wood framing goes up, we should see this topped out within the next couple of weeks!

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Elan at Union Station is a very exciting project for many reasons. It is adding 307-units to the Union Station neighborhood along with a full service grocer, King Soopers, which will be easily accessible from Ballpark, LoDo, Central Platte Valley, Union Station, and Prospect residents!

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10 Comments

  1. Bill H. says:

    I wonder why we are suddenly seeing so much more wood frame construction downtown.

    • Rob C says:

      For most projects this size you will primarily see wood frame construction because it is cheaper to do. When you start to gain more height then concrete or steel construction will be used. That’s just what i’ve learned from others who post here.

      • Ryan Dravitz says:

        Correct. You can build up to six-stories with wood framing as your primary material (1st floor concrete podium, 5-floors wood framing).

        • Bill H says:

          I thought the standards were a bit higher around Lodo. I guess the Platte valley is zoned differently. And so must be the Ball Park neighborhood. I’m glad the two new buildings flanking Union Station used steel.

          • Ryan Dravitz says:

            You might see concrete / steel builds in for sale housing / office projects but in the end, developers are going to save as much as they can with rentals hence the stick build. Overall, to the random passerby, you would never notice if it was steel or stick.

            As of late, these two projects (One City Block & The Douglas) came out wonderful and are both stick built.

  2. Jeffrey says:

    Are those small stores at the far end of the building? ;-)

  3. Paul says:

    Has there been any information on the additional retailers that will join King Soopers in this project? I’m sure a liquor store will be there, but I’m curious as to what other kind of retail is in the mix for this location.

  4. Dan says:

    I wonder how accurate this drawing is. I’ve watched this construction closely through the months and the only parking access is from 19th. None from Chestnut as this drawing implies.

  5. Chris says:

    Any idea on the official completion date? Maybe they will have the KS complete prior to the apartments being finished?

    Thanks!

  6. Ron Ariba says:

    Keep hearing rumors that King Soopers is not a done deal. Apparently they have a problem with the safety of the underground parking. A Whole Food or a Super Target would be great.